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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning. it's wednesday, december 27. matt o'donnell is off. >> a driver is saved from his burning car by a passerby. >> also breaking overnight, philadelphia police are looking for a run away driver after a pedestrian is hit and killed. >> plus, bitter cold. you'll need the hat, the scarf, the gloves, the whole 9 yards as you head out today. >> let's go over to a check of your accuweather with dave murphy and matt pelman is for
karen this morning. >> bone chilling out there right now. go ahead and take a look at the sat center and you can see that there is cloud cover down to our south much the way there was yesterday and in fact, there's even a possibility of a little bit of a snow shower popping out of baltimore later this morning and possibly coming across south jersey and delaware. not seeing any indications of that of right now. 24 degrees currently in philadelphia, little bit colder in some spots this morning than it was yesterday morning. 24 in wilmington, 21 in trenton and still in the teens in allentown and reading. 17 degrees right now in allentown. 25 degrees in millville. aren't once once again there's a little bit of a brisk breeze blowing giving you severe wind chills. feels like it's just 13 degrees in philadelphia right now. colder than this time yesterday. just 10 in allentown. and a 9-degree wind chill in reading. 13 in trenton. 14 in wilmington and it feels like it's 18 as you step outside in millville. as we go through the rest of the day it is going to be a cold one. 24 degrees by 8 o'clock. by 10 o'clock, 24.
i'm actually going to go for a high of 29. this model has about 27, maybe 28 right in there. either way it's going to feel like it's in the teens pretty much the rest of the way with winds running between eight and 16 miles per hour. we've still got even colder air on the horizon in the seven-day from accuweather, matt. that's coming up. >> oh, boy. we already saw a bunch of water main breaks and disabled vehicles yesterday, david, so we're expecting more of the same fare today t you want to stay warm by the fire. what you don't want is a car fire. that's what we had overnight here along the roosevelt boulevard extension just north of this point at ridge avenue. everything is cleared out now. all lanes reopened. you're good o to go here to go along the roosevelt boulevard extension this morning with no delays. i don't really expect any delays at least not for a you believe cold front hours. we might see a little more volume than we saw yesterday. yesterday there were no delays in the morning whatsoever and the afternoon was substantially busier. no overnight construction of course this holiday week here along the schuylkill expressway at south street. headlights are zipping along westbound toward the vine street expressway.
on the big picture so far so good along 95. no issues on the blue route to report. but there are a number of suburban issues in the northeast that water main break still blocking willits road from yesterday morning. grant and academy can get you around it and we still have a crash out in west sadsbury this morning along stradsburg road at len over road. we'll be watching this as we get things started on this wednesday morning. alicia. >> i'll be taking it matt. a driver is in crit coastal low indication after he was rescued out of his minivan. this happened on the roosevelt expressway near fox street around 2 o'clock this morning. a tow truck driver says he saw the minivan roll area and catch fire and then he stopped to help the driver. >> my first reaction was to get him out of the car so i literally yelled to two other guys that were standing there on the side of the highway and had them quickly come over and we just quickly pulled the gentleman out of the car and pulled him to the side of the highway.
>> so far there's been no word on what caused the driver to lose control. >> we are also following breaking news near saint joseph's university this morning. a man was struck and killed as he tried to cross city avenue in wynnefield. now, the search is on for the driver who never stopped. "action news" reporter jeanette reyes joins us live from the scene now with the details. jeanette. >> reporter: well, alicia, that man was found lying in the middle of the street after trying to cross the street it appears. he was found gravely injured. this is not far from saint joe's university as you mentioned there. take a look at the video from overnight at the scene here. this is at the intersection of city avenue and north 54th street. numerous witnesses called police and they arrived on scene to find the 58-year-old man lying on the street seconds after impact, they said they did see a red lexus speed off eastbound on city avenue possible proof of that is a red lexus emblem that was left behind so police are focusing their search on red
newer model lexus. as for the victim police say he had severe head trauma and two broken legs. he lives just two blocks away from the scene. he was taken to lankenau hospital where he was pronounced dead minutes later. take a listen. >> based on witness accounts, this 58-year-old male was crossing city line avenue when a red vehicle struck him and then the vehicle left the scene. so, this is a hit-and-run. >> reporter: and there are quite a few businesses lining this street here so police are hoping to get ahold of surveillance video that could give them an idea of what happened here and of course more specifics on the driver who fled. of course, the search is on this morning. anyone with information is asked to contact police. reporting live, jeanette reyes channel6 "action news." >> all right, jeanette, thank you. a massive fire ripped through a condominium complex in brookhaven delaware county. it broke out along the 5200 block of hill top drive yesterday evening. the flames wiped out most of building c where all 18 units
were occupied. first responders went door to door to alert residents. >> it was an inferno. and it -- the flames were leaping into the air probably 30, 40 feet. i mean, it was unbelievable. and i just couldn't believe what i was seeing that it was my building and my place on fire and everything i have is in there. >> brookhaven's assistant fire chief says everyone is accounted for and there were no injuries. that's the good news. the red cross is assisting five families. others are with family or friends. no word yet on what sparked the fire. >> after christmas shopping was disrupted by unruly crowds at a south jersey mall yesterday, an "action news" viewer sent this individual as extra police arrived at the cherry hill mall last night. a disruptive crowd formed around 9:00 in the evening near the food court. so far there's been no word of any arrests. last week cherry hill police warned parents not to leave their kids on their own at the mall. >> police in bethlehem say a murder suspect fired more than a hundred shots during a
standoff before then taking his own life. this all began on friday afternoon when 36-year-old justin kephart fatally shot his 62-year-old mother marilou louise moyer. an officer and a neighbor took cover behind two different cars. they hid there until police could deploy an armored vehicle known as a bear cat to rescue both of them from kephart's line of fire. even then police say he continued to fire at least 26 shots at the bulletproof vehicle. >> it was more likely his intent to take other bodies and they were probably going to be wearing blue uniforms. >> after a nine hour standoff police say kephart committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. >> there's a lot of money up for grabs in the powerball and mega millions lotteries with no winners, the combined lotteries are now worth $643 million.
tonight's powerball drawing is worth 337 million. there were no winners in last night's mega millions drawing. that brings the jackpot to an estimated $306 million. in next drawing is coming up on friday night. good luck if you have a ticket. >> yes and i might grab one on the way home. >> all right. >> 4:38a pennsylvania woman is left speechless when she sees her electric bill. how a simple mistake turned night a pretty big statement. >> also ahead several people are injured after gunfire erupts outside of a memphis mall. >> record snowfall from the northeast to the midwest. we'll have the latest on whiteout conditions in parts of the region. david. >> our temperatures are running in the 20's, some of you in the teens and the wind chills everybody is in the teens this morning. there might be a spot of snow coming through parts of south jersey and delaware. we'll check it out on storm tracker6 live double scan coming up. >> ♪
>> old man winter has brought a big wallop to a large swath of a nation. record shattering accumulation of snow falling in parts of pennsylvania and new york with more than 50-inches in some spots. >> well, more than third of the country is now facing subzero arctic air and some dangerously cold wind chills. here's serena marshall with the details. >> reporter: whiteout conditions creating white knuckle driving across the country. from the city of erie, pennsylvania, where even those sent to clear the roads victims of the winter weather. declaring a snow emergency after nearly four and a half feet of snow fell in just 36 hours. >> it was higher than the snowblowers. >> reporter: interstate 90 outside of town, backed up for miles. lake effect snow has left buffalo buried. >> i could only do about 20 miles an hour. >> reporter: while in massachusetts, not just snow. in illinois those subzero
temperatures stopping locals' winter plans. >> ice-skating, we tried but it's really cold. >> reporter: while in connecticut for at least one family frozen roads meant winter fun. >> we don't need any concussions. >> reporter: 20 states from colorado to maine dealing with the wind chill advisories this morning. in duluth minnesota temps hit 21 degrees below normal with a wind chill of minus 44 causing steam and fog to rise off lake superior. the bone chilling air and winter whiteout sending dozens of cars spinning off highways. in oregon, at least one driver injured. >> lost control, did a 360, hit a car in the next lane and ended up here. >> reporter: in kansas at least four people died after sliding off the road. parts of the northeast are bracing for as much as 6 feet of snow and meteorologists warn that with the wind chill, frost bite is possible with as little as 30 minutes of exposure. serena marshall, abc news,
washington. >> frost bite. >> yeah, how about that. if we had a great lake right to the west of us we would probably have the same problem because most of that is lake effect snow. as we take a look at storm tracker we got a little bit of snow out there. closer look shows that it's a very light snow shower down at the surface falling apart south of newark delaware and north of middletown delaware but you might see a little flurry or a light snow shower at some point this morning. there's actually a winter weather advisory over toward baltimore. we do not have that around here. taking a look outside, we have snow being made very easily in this cold air this morning that spring mountain. we showed you this picture a couple weeks ago and they didn't have anything happening up there but they sure do now and customers on the way later today, too, i believe. 24 degrees is your current temperature. winds north-northwest at 12 miles per hour. wind chill 13. i think they might be opened today. you want to call and make sure but definitely for the weekend they will be and that wind chill 13 is really the most important number out there. it's actually a little worse this morning even though the winds aren't quite as strong
because the temperatures are lower. 17 degrees currently in allentown, 18 in reading. 21 in trenton, 24 degrees right now on the thermometer in philadelphia and in wilmington. 25 in millville and 28 in cape may. wind chills today are staying raw. it's going to be in the teens and even the single digits in some cases this morning. and pretty much more of the same even as we go into the height of the afternoon warming still a wind chill of 16 degrees at 3 o'clock this afternoon in philadelphia. and about 10 in reading and 17 in millville and more of the same by the time we get past dinnertime so basically bundle up, lots of layers and all that extra gear if you're going to be out today at any time morning, noon, after and evening. there you see satellite. there there are some clouds but a breakup in the clouds for the most part and we are keeping our eye out for a snow shower that might be popping through washington and baltimore and maybe parts of south jersey and delaware. today's forecast overall, cold, that's the word. 21 degrees by 8 o'clock. 23 by 10 o'clock, 26 degrees
by noon and your high today will be about 29 degrees around 3 o'clock before we dip back to 23 by 6 o'clock. a little bit on the breezy side out there, too adding to that chilly feel. 25 is the high in allentown, 26 in reading, 29 in philadelphia and wilmington and millville and we'll probably get up closer to the freezing mark in case may and in atlantic city. then as you look at those numbers we showed them to you yesterday, they're even worse out to our west today, an indication that that colder more arctic quality of air is on its way in over the next several days. your exclusive accuweather 7-day, today's high 29 brisk and cold. tomorrow blustery and very cold, a high of just 26 degrees. we'll still be talking severe wind chills. friday partly sunny and brisk 29. saturday we're now thinking the morning we could see a snow shower or a period of snow. still doesn't look like it will accumulate all that much but saturday might be a time period to keep your eye on if you have plans. still cold with a high on saturday of 29 and then 26 on
sunday, new year's eve. bundle up for the eagles game. probably getting down into the teens by the time you're banging your pots and pans and new year's day still looking raw with a high around 26. >> whew. >> a straight run of 20's, my gosh. all right. well, new this morning shoppers ran for their lives outside of a memphis tennessee mall when someone opened fire last night. three people were injured. witnesses say they heard arguing before the gunfire rang out. 10 shots were heard after the fighting. police have now taken four people into custody in connection with the shooting. >> philadelphia is part of a lawsuit filed against the trump administration over gun background checks. philadelphia, new york and san francisco have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the defense department has failed to report military service members who are disqualified from gun ownership. this issue came to light last month during the texas shooting massacre. the gunman who killed 26 people at a church had been criminally convicted by the air force but he was not reported to the background
check database. >> it is 4:46. and one big bill. a pennsylvania woman says she was billed billions of dollars for her electricity. hear the excuse for the monster mistake. >> plus, landfills may soon be filled with your unwanted christmas gifts. details on why those returns are being sent here. we'll be right back. >> ♪
>> ♪ >> it's a little bit refreshing out there this morning. yes, look at the penn's landing and the ice rink. that's kind of what it feels like, just very icy out there this morning. you walk out the door and you get a little jolt. definitely wake you up. maybe that's the glass half full approach. looks nice as we look at the river rink in penn's landing. also looking fine here now in east falls along the roosevelt boulevard extension. was not as nice overnight when we had that big van fire here just north of ridge avenue. everything's gone now. fire extinguished. everything is cleaned up. you're good to go along the roosevelt boulevard. no overnight construction so no issues on the schuylkill, on the vine on 95, speeds look good at this point. still working on that big water main break from yesterday in the northeast. willits road at holme avenue blocked off. stick with academy and grant to get around it and a number of other leftovers. there were some downed wires after a crash yesterday afternoon in fort washington.
virginia drive still blocked off. highland avenue can get you around it. springfield township a crash cleared from bethlehem pike but there's a broken down vehicle in cheltenham township along washington lane near rock lane and in west sadsbury chester county watch out for a crash early this morning along stradsburg road at lenover hill road. tam. >> holiday sales were really impressive this year. there have been some big fears about companies going bankrupt and a record 7,000 stores closing in the u.s. this year but that means that sales would be a little unimpressive. well, retailers racked up a nearly 5 percent boost. online shopping increased by 18 percent. the biggest single day of shopping was black friday. the second biggest was for all you procrastinators that would be saturday, right before the christmas eve. lots of people were at the
mall yesterday getting a jump on returns and after holiday sales. but a surprising fact here. there's a good chance that a lot of what was taken back which actually end up in landfall. a company which helps retailers manage returns says it "it" adds up to about 5 billion pounds of trash. turns out most returns are used or damaged and they need to be repackaged. less than half of them actually are able to make it back to the store shelves at full price. so, often returns are sent to liquid daughters and discounters but really in the ends end up going to those big trash piles in the sky. it ends up being cheaper for the store to just throw it all out than to try to resell it. i guess think about that if you care about our imprint on the earth. stocks were flat yesterday as trading resumed following the holiday right now futures point to a mixed open. alicia. >> all right, tam, an erie pennsylvania woman got the shock of her life when she went on the internet to pay her electric bill. mary says her eyes popped out of her head when she saw the
amount she owed. $284 billion. wait, she thought did my family put up those christmas lights incorrectly. a decimal point was in the wrong spot. her bill has been corrected to $284.46. >> seeis it's christmas not april fool's day. >> can i go on a payment plan. >> spreading holiday cheer. how a football player made working christmas eve a little bit bearable. >> search is on for a driver after a pedestrian was struck and killed near saint joseph university. we are live on the scene with the latest on the investigation. >> ♪
>> it took a little more than an hour for first responders in texas to rescue a man from a garbage truck. neighbors say the man was in a homeowner's recycling container in el paso yesterday morning when the trash got picked up. the man was taken to the hospital to get checked out. >> a tampa bay buccaneer player made a highlight worthy play off the field and really brought some holiday cheer. silver siliga stopped by the applebee's in tampa on christmas eve. waiter ryan preston says he wasn't scheduled to work but ended up filling in for a friend. he got quite the holiday surprise from a man sitting at the bar. >> i'm in the back and the manager comes back and says, hey, the guy out there, he's a bucs player he wants to tip
everyone a hundred dollars for working on christmas eve. >> wow. that was really kind of him. 10 people were, woulding that working that night. it came to a thousand dollars. preston and his friends say they wanted to tell the story so they could say thank you. >> good people. >> 4:57. new from overnight chrissy teigen tweets while aboard a bizarre "flight to nowhere" that made an abrupt u-turn. >> a philadelphia family talks about the eight-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run crash. those stories and more coming up. >> ♪ michael: i'm thankful that
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and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning. it's 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday december 27th. matt o'donnell is off, alicia vitarelli is joining us this morning. >> and we are following breaking news. a driver hits and kills a man crossing city avenue leaving behind a key piece of evidence. >> an overnight crash flips a car and sends two drivers to the hospital. >> while we're preparing for one of the coldest weeks in years, another part of pennsylvania is dealing with record snowfall. >> so, no matter how much you don't like the cold, well, it could be that. let's go on over to dave murphy. he's got your accuweather and matt pelman, i like the blue ties, guys is in for karen. he's got your traffic. >> blue for really cold temperatures. >> i almost put the blue shirt on, too. we're telling you the story here with the way we're dressing. take a look at the weather center. we've got some cloud cover to the south of us. does look like we'll see some sunshine fairly early in philadelphia as we did yesterday. there's also a little bit of a snow shower